Review: Kicking It | High Stakes by Chloe Neill

Posted November 21, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 7 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Kicking It | High Stakes by Chloe NeillHigh Stakes by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #8.5
Published by Roc on December 3rd 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.


High Stakes is a story featuring Merit’s vampire best friend and fellow protector of the Cadogan House, Lindsey.

Lindsey gets a visit from her past life she lived during roaring 20s in the alcohol prohibition. Lindsey was a free loving flipper gal in the middle of mobster gang warfare in New York. It’s great to see some of Lindsey’s past since she is very closed mouth about her vampire youth and she is very afraid to commit to Luc, the hunky cowboy vampire of Cadogan House.

While High Stakes is a very short read it was satisfying to see Luc and Lindsey get closer in their “non-relationship” with a little danger and a hot and emotional smexy scene.

Fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series will want to read High Stakes to see where Luc and Lindsey ends up and you get a quick look at Merit and Ethan as they have cameos.

More reviews on the other stories in the Kicking It anthology to follow.


About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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7 responses to “Review: Kicking It | High Stakes by Chloe Neill

  1. I don’t leave a comment, but after reading through a ton of responses on this page High Stakes | The Book Nympho.
    I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay.
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  2. TheBookNympho

    I’m only reading stories by Neill, Faith Hunter and Rachel Caine because they are the only ones I’ve read before. I may go back at some point and read the others if I pick up their series.

  3. I’ll toss my 2 cents in for you guys… It’s actually a pretty entertaining book. I only read one series covered in the anthology (Black Wings series), but I found the stories easy to read and fun. For example, I don’t read Chicagoland Vampires, but I really liked Luc and Lindsey’s story. Each story is only 30+ pages, so super fast and short.

    • I agree! They’re all pretty fun reads. I’ve read Faith, Chloe, and Rachel, all pretty consistently, and enjoyed their stories in KICKING IT. I’m always looking for new authors to read, will be checking out some of the others on the anthology…

  4. I’m not really interested in reading the other shorts in this book but I was curious about Chloe Neill’s. I like Lindsey and Luc; I think they make a cute couple so I’ll probably come back to this one. Eventually. Hopefully it’ll be available as a cheap download soon.